Zipolo Habu Resort
Zipolo Habu Resort is nestled within a perfect blue lagoon and fringed by white sands and tall green palms. Located on Lola Island, in the beautiful Vona Vona Lagoon, just a thirty minute boat ride from Munda; Lola truly reflects a quintessential island paradise. The resort is the result of many years of hard work by owners Joe and Lisa Entrikin who, along with their children, designed a place for those keen to enjoy a true island living experience. Whilst they are known for their specialty in sports fishing in the lagoon or beyond the reef, they can also arrange diving, surfing or tours to many outstanding sites all close by.
Zipolo offer a wide range of accommodation options to suit a variety of budgets and group sizes, its bar is known for serving the coldest beer in the Western Province and their restaurant prides itself on their fresh seafood and unique use of local produce.
Constructed using traditional Vona Vona building materials of Sago Palm Leaf, Lawyer Cane and Wild Betel Nut Tree, Zipolo’s bungalows provide an authentic island living experience, whilst not compromising the comforts of home. All bungalows have 240 volt power, fans and a kitchenette equipped with gas stove, refrigerator/freezer and cooking utensils. Fresh rain water is provided, along with tea and coffee making facilities.
Whilst mosquito nets are provided in each bedroom, they are seldom needed.
Waterfront Deluxe Bungalows have ensuite bathrooms, whilst traditional and semi-deluxe utilise shared facilities conveniently located behind the bungalows amongst flowering orchids and frangipani. All bathrooms are fitted with hot water systems – brilliant for a warm shower after a day diving, fishing or surfing.
The traditional bungalows utilise local design and allow you to experience a typical village style house. Sago Palm shutters can be opened out to let the breeze through or lowered during any moments of rain. Large airy balconies allow you to relax with a view over our gardens and out to the lagoon. Whilst the building is traditional, 240v power is available from 11am until 11pm and each bungalow has a kitchenette with bar fridge and drinking water.
For those seeking a touch more comfort, Zipolo’s Semi-Deluxe Bungalows provide a little more attention to detail. Installed with 24 hour lighting and fans and fitted with beautiful hand woven walling and louvre windows, the semi-deluxe bungalows are comfortable and well appointed.
The two deluxe bungalows offer a premium level of comfort, privacy and style. Absolute waterfront positioning provides panoramic views across Vona Vona Lagoon to the dormant Kolombangara volcano in the distance. Each bungalow incorporates an ensuite bathroom with hot water showers, well equipped kitchen and furnished balconies. A battery back-up provides 24 hour power for fans and lighting at any time of day or night.
Bar and Dining
Zipolo Habu dining is based on the freshest ingredients the region has to offer. They love to provide international food, infused with local flavors through local cooking techniques. Obviously, seafood is their absolute specialty – whether it be barbecued crayfish, cuttlefish soup, chili mud crab or sashimi tuna. Often, Zipolo’s local fishermen catch it and it’s on the table within hours. They also love to prepare your own catch of the day to your liking as we all know that what we catch ourselves always tastes the best.
Alternatively, as they provide basic kitchenette facilities in rooms, you can prepare your own simple meals if you prefer. As local markets can be unpredictable, they advise you to bring vegetables from either the Honiara or Gizo markets, and catch or purchase from Zipolo’s plentiful supply of seafood readily available at Lola Island.
At the end of the day, the waterfront cafe is a great place to kick back and soak up the atmosphere. Catch your favorite sporting match on the satellite television, enjoy a cold drink and a snack or just watch the sun set over the lagoon.
Fully Licensed Bar
The Fishing Bar is fully licensed, and open throughout the day and into the evening. It’s a great place to unwind after a big day exploring the region with a cold drink and a local story from the bartender.
They serve crisp cold local beer, imported wine, a full range of soft drinks, and an extensive listing of spirits. From time to time, they’re also known to pull together a brilliant cocktail.
The Bar includes Rod Holders along with your Stubby Holders!
Like a cold drink whilst fishing? We understand that fishing can be thirsty work so we’re also happy to arrange an esky with some cold drinks for your day out on the water.
The surrounding region offers an exciting array of full or half day adventures to some of the best attractions that the Solomon Islands have on offer.
Zipolo’s local tour guides take pride in the opportunity to share the secrets of our region with guests. They know the best fishing spots, beautiful places to snorkel and unique places to visit in the local area.
The following are just some of the experiences which we have on offer for our guests.
- Bikiki Island
- World War II Tours
- Skull Island Warrior Chief Shrine
- Rainforest River Trip
- Mantaray Island Trip
- Vona Vona Excursion
Ask us about the The Roviana Lagoon Festival for a true Solomon Islands experience.
Zipolo Habu Resort is unique in the diversity of fishing, accessible either from the island itself or only minutes away, ranging from salt water fly & ultralight spinning for Trevallies, Bonefish, Milkfish & Coral Trout to casting poppers on the outer reefs for Giant Trevally & light/medium tackle trolling for Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Wahoo Yellowfin / Skipjack /Dogtooth Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Blue or Black Marlin.
Jungle river fishing catches include Perch, Archerfish, Trevally, Sleepy Cod, Mangrove Jack and Spottail Bass.
Zipolo offer lagoon, deep sea, river, estuaries and outer reef fishing. They regularly catch marlin, sailfish, mahi mahi, giant trevally, wahoo, spanish mackerel, coral trout, red sea bass and plenty more. All tackle provided. One to Four fisherman $50AUD per hour plus fuel. Specialized fishing adventures can be arraanged.
Boats and Equipment
The Zipolo Habu Sport Fishing fleet includes three boats, custom built for fishing comfort and safety.
All are equipped with marine VHF radios and life jackets.
Zipolo’s staff know the local fishing spots like the back of their hands and like nothing more than to see the smile on their guests’ faces as they pull in a brilliant catch.
They also provide quality fishing tackle for light and medium sport fishing or you’re welcome to bring your own gear.
Thumper. 22’ long, seats four, hard shade canopy, rod holders, twin 60hp 4 stroke outboards.
Lethal Lisa. 19’ long, seats four, rod holders, single 80hp 4 stroke outboard
Zipolo. 23’ long, seats 5, rod holders, twin 60hp 4 stroke outboards.
NEW!!! Ramona Lola: our New Zealand custom built 8 metre aluminium sport fishing boat for up to 6 fishermen fitted with twin 90hp 4stroke outboards, hard shade canopy, rod holders, VHF radio, sounder, forward casting deck, self- draining, rain curtains and fully carpeted decks. $75.00 per hour plus fuel costs.
On-Site Tackle Shop
This is where you’ll find Joe when he wants to disappear… it’s like a candy store for fishermen and is always fully stocked.
Although the Skull Island can be fickle, when there's swell it is one on the Solomon's best waves and you are guaranteed no crowds.
The best time is between November through to March however there are quality breaks throughout the year. The lows that form in the coral sea during this time usually developed below the Solomon's and drop down towards Vanuatu, these lows push up from really deep water in a south eastly direction.
Zipolo’s resort break – ‘Skull Island’, which is almost paddling distance, is an extremely long, right hand break over deep coral reef; nice and safe. When it’s breaking, it’s usually very clean. There's also Despretes about 20 mins boat ride away, Mbirimbiri and Lavata Island or try a day trip to Rendova Island and find that secret spot.
A range of boards are available for hire from the resort at modest rates.
Surf charters start from $30 per hours plus fuel for 2 and an additional $5 per person.